“But Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray.” —Luke 5:16 (NCV) My heart is calling out to you, beloved. Take a deep breath–right here, right now, right where you are–and tell your racing thoughts to settle down for just a moment. Quiet your soul and come to Me. Place your ear on My chest and simply listen–listen to the beating of My heart. Hear the rhythm of My love. It’s steady. It’s strong. It never wavers. Draw strength from the unrelenting strength of My love. Draw close little one—I’m already nearer than you think. Steal away from the busyness of the day–from the constant demands on your time–and lean into Me. Whenever you stop to listen, even in the midst of the commotion that often fills your days, you will hear my Spirit calling. In the stillness, in the silence—I am here. I am with you. Hear the tender whispers of My love. As you allow My love to wash over you, I will refresh and restore your soul. There is life in My voice. There is peace in My Presence. There is acceptance in My gaze–so look to Me. I am always waiting. I am always watching. I never grow weary or restless. I am always accessible and available. And I long to be with you—anytime, anywhere. Quiet your soul, beloved, and be still. Be still and know that I am God.
If the Son of God Himself needed to take time alone to quiet His soul and commune with the Father, how much more do we need to do the same? But the reality of our busy lives means most of us don’t get nearly as much “quiet time” as we need. While nothing can take the place of those blissful, unhurried times of lingering in His presence, we don’t need to wait until we have hours to spend before slipping away to be alone with Him. We are living, breathing houses of prayer—we are walking tabernacles of His Presence. Sometimes all it takes is a moment of looking upward to tap back into that reality. When we are rightly aligned with the unhurried flow of heaven, a single moment of stillness becomes an eternal moment—a holy moment. So take a deep breath—where you are right now—and slip away with Him. Allow Him to lead you beside still waters …
He will restore your soul.